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The Ati freeze coolant keeps leaking out. But I don't know were it is going.

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My '02 was having the same problem and i couldn't find it for a couple days. my car also smelt like coolent every time i turned the heater on. finally i realized my hearer coil was bad and the leak was actually coming from there and draining between the fire wall and engine block.

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Is it safe to drive a car when it leaks out water .Car is not overheating.


It is never recommended to drive a car that is leaking coolant. However, if the leak is small, and you keep close tabs on the coolant levels to avoid running low on coolant, you can drive for short periods of time until repairs can be implemented. Obviously, larger leaks may make this impossible. Also, remember to keep the proper ration of anti-freeze to water in the coolant when you top off. Even if it is not winter, the engine parts need the anti-freeze to prevent corrosion and to lubricate the water pump. Going with straight water, or an overly diluted mixture will cause more problems for you down the road.

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I have a 1999 vw Passat v6 2.8L 5v and its not holding coolant. As fast as I dump it in it drains right out. I dont think it could be a freeze plug because the car is off and the thermostat is closed. So...


Possibly a hose or a freeze plug. Yes, the coolant will go into the engine when it is off and the thermostat closed. As you fill the radiator, coolant will go into the engine through the bottom radiator hose. Keep looking-save your coolant and use water till you find where it is leaking. Stick a garden hose into the radiator, turn it on low, then you can see or feel where the leak is.

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I have water pouring from the side of the engine


Look for a crack in the block or head, a blown gasket, or a bad expansion plug*. I assume the water is your coolant. If that is the case, the level in the radiator will be low.
The coolant leak could be up higher - perhaps it's coming from the thermostat plumbing or the temperature sensor. It could even be a crack in one of the heater hoses. The worst case is the cracked block - in that case the engine is essentially junk. A leaky hose connection is the easiest to fix.
*Note on expansion plugs (AKA freeze plugs). These look like inverted jar lids pressed into the block and are designed to be pushed out if the coolant freezes so the expansion of the ice doesn't crack the block (freezing can happen if you don't have a proper anti-freeze/water mix in cold weather). If you don't replace your anti-freeze according to the maintenance schedule, they may rust out and cause a leak.

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How do you know if your freeze plug is bad on a 2000 Chrysler Sebring?


If a freeze plug is bad it will be leaing coolant. They sometimes do rust out and need to be replaced. They rust from the inside out so there is not really any warning before they go. If it's not leaking don't worry about them. If they are leaking the have to be replaced, there's not really any other fix. They can be got at any auto parts store or you could install a block heater if you don't already have one.It fits in the freeze plug holes and it's a lot easier. Hope this helps.

May 06, 2011 | 2000 Chrysler Sebring

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Have put coolant in the car, but it seems to be leaking out. What could be the problem?


Hello: You really need to pressure check the system to determine where the leak is. You can purchase a pressure pump at a parts store or take car to a repair facility. It could be one of several things causing the leak: any of the rubber hoses, radiator, water pump, head gasket, freeze plug(s), heater core. A pressure check would show the area of leakage.

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Leaking coolant from rear of engine is there a


No, that would probably be a freeze plug on the back of the block if the coolant is coming out between transmission bell housing and engine.

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I have a ford explorer and it is leaking water out of the back of the motor


if its leaking clear water on to the ground toward the back of your engine its probably just condensation from your air conditioner, if its coolant like water mixed with antifreeze then it could be a number of thingssuch as freeze plug, water pump, heater hose going into the fire wall, keep up with your radiator fluid level and if you have to keep adding coolant then you know you have a bigger problem than just condensation. condensation from your vehicle is normal

Oct 29, 2009 | 1999 Ford Explorer

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Little plume of white smoke coming from engine when idling only. Runs great and not overheating. Really bad smell coming through vents with AC on


A little white smoke is OK from 0-15 minutes of start up.

After warm up the condensation inside the exhaust pipe AND under the hood should be purged.

How many mile is on the engine?

A well care for engine should not have to worry about leaky (pin hole leak) head gasket until 120,000 miles.

The other sources of coolant leak is the freeze plugs.

DO NOT WAIT! Take 15-20 minutes out of your schedule and see where is it leaking on the idle.

it can be at


heater hoses
water pump
freeze plugs
and head gasket


I would start monitoring the coolant consumption by making the coolant reservoir tank.

Keep tab on oil level.

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The common A/C air vent odor are

coolant leak (even pin hole leak) on the heater core.

KEEP CHECKING the center to passenger floor carpet for wetness and smell of coolant.

and/or

mold in side the air tube vent.
there is cleaner spray you can buy to keep the mold.


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I have a coolant leak near the Transmission of a 1998 Ford Expedition, what could be leaking?


Mind did the same thing. The heater core went bad and on that model the box drains out under the car were condensation from the ac would let it out, instead of leaking inside the car on the passenger side on the carpet like older cars do.

Aug 04, 2009 | 1998 Ford Expedition

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Leaking coolant


freeze plugs are supposed to pop out if the coolant starts to freeze in order to keep the block from cracking. the holes the plungs sit in are als used to cast the engine. see a mechanic and tell him you need a freeze plug replaced and show him which one it is, it won't cost more than $35. PLEASE RATE MY ANSWER.

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